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Garcia, Golovkin Win; Burgos Robbed

By January 23, 2013

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Undefeated Mikey Garcia won his first world title ... but it wasn't an entirely satisfying win. Garcia knocked WBO featherweight champ Orlando Salido down four times in the first four rounds but an accidental headbutt late in round eight broke Garcia's nose. The bout was stopped and went to the cards with Garcia comfortably ahead: 79-70 and 79-69 twice.

Undefeated Gennady Golovkin retained his WBA middleweight belt with a seventh round TKO of game but outgunned challenger Gabriel Rosado. Rosada was a bloody mess when his corner threw in the towel in round seven to protect him from any further damage.

Juan Carlos Burgos did more than enough to take the WBO junior lightweight belt from Roman "Rocky" Martinez ... but two of the three judges were watching another fight. After 12 rounds, it was clear to the crowd in attendance, watching at home and from ringside that Burgos was the new champ. Unfortunately for Burgos, only judge Waleska Roldan scored the fight accurately: 117-111 for Burgos. Judge John Signorile scored it a draw (114-114) and judge Tony Paolillo turned in an indefensible scorecard of 116-112 for Martinez. Incompetent and corrupt scoring continues to plague boxing, driving away it's ever-eroding fan base and preventing new fans from embracing the sport. It would be so easy to reduce the likelihood of horrible decisions if anyone with any power - promoters, sanctioning bodies, athletic commissions, cable TV networks, etc. - truly cared enough to make improving the quality of judging a priority.

One long-time fight fan from New York wrote in and suggested the following: "You might consider putting the email address of the NY State Athletic Commission [athletic@dos.ny.gov ] on your site so people can email their displeasure with the judging of the Burgos fight last night. It's one thing to have this kind of outrage in Texas but for a NY judge in Madison Square Garden to give Rocky Martinez 8 rounds of that fight is an abomination."

I couldn't agree more: athletic@dos.ny.gov

Comments

January 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(1) John Wilkinson says:

Yes, certainly, Need good Judgeing. I can not comment on the fight reported here but I READ what is stated. I began an Organization in 2007 focus is to “echelon” the whole SPORT. I really feel that my Organization, UWBCAFO-I is authentically a solution for the. “wider” ills of the Sport in its modern setting. WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO we view as “equal status”. Everything Otherwise is a ’2e’ commodity of which we are – - “for the idea” – - however, ’2e’ needs to be – Recognized – as -such- (“five states power ‘championship’”). As thins stand to now, their ARE no. ’2e’ belts available. Their is “confusion AND FRAUD”, plenty, though! Our -First Rule of thumb- “echelons do not – - MIX” – - & on-that-front, “boxing” has to – draw it’s soul more back towards “center”. Basically, we can say that (question): Does boxing NEED Four Organizations? Simple answer is: “No”. There-fore, certainly we don’t NEED -five or more groups-/ & I’d continue my argument, but I’m not certain the -Comment- will TAKE.

January 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm
(2) TINA says:

MR. EISELE, .YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE JUDGES SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL. THE SCORES REALLY STINK.

I USUALLY WONDER………..WHAT WERE THEY DOING WHILE THE FIGHT WAS GOING ON? TALKING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT OTHER MATTERS THAT DO NOT INCLUDE THE FIGHT THEY ARE TO SCORE………. WHAT GIVES?

THEY ARE A DISGRACE TO BOXING. THE MARTINEZ vs BURGOS SCORE WAS THE LATEST FIASCO.
I LOVE BOXING BUT LATELY I GET NO JOY WHEN I WATCH A MATCH AND THEN LISTEN TO THE SCORES.

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE EMAIL FOR THE N.Y. ATHLETIC COMMISSION.

January 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(3) John Wilkinson says:

Do I have any problem with POSTING at Eisele articles? Question.

January 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(4) John Wilkinson says:

Tina, I would think, that majority of the time the Judgeing is -competent- RANDY NEUMANN Ex Hvywt Top 10 is a “fame commodity” Ref these days. A man such as – his person – exactly, needs to come to focal point.(as a boxer Randy was in with a number of “commodities” of-the-day; I believe he fought Chuck Wepner; I’m sure he was in against Boone Kirkman)/ I had myself a 40 bout amateur and four year 12 match -pro- and, (all: 25-27-1 11 Ko/rsc/ and their were – six – ‘all’ -negatives-) I can say I never once had a “bad decision” /either way (I thought I -lost- the – - Draw – - though!). John Wilkinson blackcombs-2@live.com

February 28, 2013 at 9:10 am
(5) gary fleiger says:

i’ve been a boxing fan for all my life. i’m 53, i doubt that i would leave as a fan, but i do remember my dad’s the biggest sucker in the words as an ex-prize fighter himself [the biggest sucker in the world is a fight fan].

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